Archives for July 2005
Ok.. Here’s an interesting one for any of you developers creating apps that drill down to more detailed imagery and provide solutions for locating real estate. Turns out that a 1991 patent covers off that technology and as a result some legal action is being taken against a real estate agent. Imagine if this one flies? Do you realize how many real estate agents have implemented similar functionality into their website? What about companies like RealBird who also have commercial products based on the same premise? Details of the patent are below:
The U.S. Patent (No. 5,032,989), “Real Estate Search and Location System and Method,” was granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1991, at a time when the commercial use of the Internet was in its infancy. It covers a mapping system “for locating available real estate properties for sale, lease or rental using a database of available properties at a central location and remote stations which use a graphic interface,” according to the document. The patent also includes a “drilldown” feature, under which specific areas can be displayed in greater detail — The PR is also listed in detail here http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/6274/
What’s your take on this? Imagine holding a patent on searching for hotels, parks, or ??? Seems kind of crazy if you ask me
One more test here.. sorry! Someone recently asked how the email upload
to the blog is going.. all I can say is that its sweet! Now I can send
via a mobile device (my phone or a PDA while I’ve got Wi-Fi connection
at an airport or a starbucks) but I can’t attach a photo/image. No
problemo though as flickr has the solution. I can now easily upload a
photo to my flickr blog via email and attach an image with comments and
a title. Adding to this, I can also have flickr route the post directly
to this blog on blogger as well.. How sweet is that? Attached with this
post is a shot of me showing off my N-Gage which was unfortunately
stolen from my car the ONE time I left it unlocked! I’m still on the
hunt for the punks that took it! Later… Glenn
I finally decided to start messing around with firefox (about time eh?) The main reason was that I seem to keep coming accross cool apps that are developed for the browser so I caved and loaded yet another browser… it’s likely a good idea anyway so I can test all our websites using the various form factors. Right away I note some very cool features… for example, the installation and migration from IE was totally painless. I’ve already added some custom scripts like the “send text to mobile” app which lets firefox users highlight text from a webpage and send to a mobile cleint (US only though). I’m also looking into some flickr and mappr apps for firefox as well which should enable me to do some cool things. For more info see http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/central.html
This year will make the 7th consecutive year that I’ve attended and covered the ESRI User conference in San Diego, CA. For fun, I put together a short (5 MB) video clip of some images captured at last years’ event. The video can be accessed in our GISuser ESRI UC homepage section where we’ll be publishing news, exhibitor profiles, feature content, and images from the show. See http://www.gisuser.com/content/category/1/247/2/ to access the video.
With hurricane season coming so early this year, I felt it was timely to create this spotlight.
Looking for a Specific Storm Track? Curious Where Hugo, Fran, or Ivan Made Landfall? Then this application from NOAA is what you need. Easily search for tropical cyclone tracks from Atlantic and Pacific data by entering a ZIP Code, latitude and longitude coordinates, city or state, or geographic region and then view the selected tracks on a map. Want to build your own webmap service? Access and download the historical hurricane data for yourself!
The hurricane map viewer is very simple and useful. Wnat to see a track? Simply click the Find button and select a storm by name and year. The track will be displayed on the map. Want to develop your own application? This can be done too by downloading the historical hurricane data. You can find it HERE (SHP format) or locate the link in the GISuser / Downloads / Data section.
Other useful hurricane related weblinks:
Atlantic Basin table of storm names and numbers (PDF)
Info about Hurricane Floyd, 1999
Hurricane Evacuation zone maps
For detailed and upto the minute reports see the National Hurricane Center
PS: to the gas gouging independant retailers in NW Florida.. you guys suck!
A clever python programmer in the UK has managed to develop a simple way of serving Google maps to his Symbian smartphone
The demo app reads the current latitude / longitude position from a Bluetooth GPS device and converts the coordinates into an x,y map tile reference for Google Maps. After connecting to Google Maps over GPRS or 3G and retrieving the tile, it displays it on the screen. View details HERE
The discussion also refers to another source with information about a Google Maps GPS application for the Nokia – See http://jgwebber.blogspot.com/2005/02/mapping-google.html